Centigrade



divided into 100 degrees, as a scale.
(initial capital letter) Celsius (def 2). Symbol: C.
Abbreviation: cent.
Historical Examples

adjective
a former name for Celsius
noun
a unit of angle equal to one hundredth of a grade
adj.

1799, from French; see centi- “hundred” + Latin gradus “degree” (see grade).

centigrade cen·ti·grade (sěn’tĭ-grād’)
adj.
Celsius.
centigrade
(sěn’tĭ-grād’)
See Celsius.

Our Living Language : Because of confusion over the prefix centi-, which originally meant 100 but developed the meaning 1/100 , scientists agreed to stop using the term centigrade in 1948. The term Celsius is now standard.

The Celsius temperature scale.

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